don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need.

I am a firm believer that to be able to fully love another human, we need to love and appreciate ourselves first. And sometimes, the best way to mend broken hearts is to affirm that self-love and treat yourself to something beautiful. Admittedly, I've tested this theory on more than one occasion (for science, you know?). And without fully realizing it, each and every time I have put this same quote on the "gift message" (to myself) that comes in the box. It's a message I keep coming back to, because I think it is important to remember that boys can be cute and funny, and they can make you unbelievably happy; but at the end of the day, you have yourself no matter what. 
So, invest in yourself: Your goals and your dreams. Because boys can be dreamy, but they are not the sun. You are. 


I am incredibly excited to announce the launch of my newest endeavor: Designed to Love shop. I've always loved shopping at cute little boutiques, with quirky tee-shirts, cute kids clothes, and racks and racks of trendy pouches. I really am the biggest fan of bags and pouches like this one, that you can purchase in my shop here and here.



We did it! We finally made it to summer.

Just like so many other teachers, summer holds a special place in my heart. But it isn't because of time off or quiet classrooms. I try to work a lot during the summer, teaching summer school and running meetings. So for me, summer just means a welcome change of pace. While it isn't usually any less busy, it does give me a chance to breathe, refocus, and work on professional and personal projects that I have been putting off throughout the year.

This year, what I've been putting off most are the things I take the most pleasure in. Things like designing, writing, reading... I can't tell you the last time I actually read a book for fun! This summer, I am really excited to take a deep breath and get back into the things that make me most happy.

So here's to the little things - the things that make us smile!